Post-Holiday Recycling!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season! For information regarding Christmas tree recycling, how to safely recycle old Christmas lights, and wrapping paper recycling, see below!

Wrapping paper

Most gift wrap is recyclable, except plastic wraps or metallic papers. All cardboard and paperboard packaging is also recyclable. Please reuse ribbons and bows or discard in the trash.  If you do not have curbside recycling where you live, you may utilize the Town of Normal’s drop-off locations.

Christmas trees

Residents of Bloomington and Normal enrolled in those municipalities’ waste collection programs may dispose of their real (non-artificial) Christmas tree by placing it at the curb for collection on your regularly scheduled waste collection day. As these trees will be chipped into mulch, please be sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, etc. Please do not put your tree or any other waste in the street.

For residents outside of Bloomington or Normal, please check with your local municipality for tree collection options. If you do not have tree collection service at your home or in your municipality, Twin City Wood Recycling will accept your tree for chipping into mulch at their facility at 1606 W Oakland Avenue in Bloomington at a cost of $2 per tree. Call (309) 827-9663 for more information and operating hours.

Christmas lights & other e-waste

Illinois law bans most consumer electronics from landfills–they must be recycled instead. Residents can recycle strings of Christmas lights, cords, and related electronic items, regardless of condition, at one of the many locations listed below.

Did Santa bring you a new TV? Note that only two local sites now accept the older tube-style CRT TVs and monitors for recycling. See “Items Accepted” for each of the e-waste recycling collection points below.

Location: Best Buy, 2103 N Veterans Pkwy Suite 200, Bloomington, 309-663-8090
Items Accepted: Computers, computer accessories, monitors, televisions up to 32″ (flatscreens up to 60″), all types of radios, VCRs, cameras, etc. Damaged or non-working items accepted. Customers are limited to bringing in 3 units per day per household.
Items Not Accepted: appliances, microwaves, TVs that are consoles, rear-projections, or DLPs or larger than 32″, items with freon such as air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators. No business generated waste.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-8:00 pm

Location: Home Sweet Home Warehouse Operations, 1700 W Washington St., Bloomington, 309-828-1530
Items Accepted: Computers, laptops, printers, fax, scanners, copiers, peripherals, phone systems, all types of radios, VCRs,
Microwaves, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, cash registers, cameras, blenders, and other small appliances. Damaged or non-working items accepted. All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories
All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand- held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices. All forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, and virtually all other type of computer tapes (ONLY at Mission Mart location)
Items Not Accepted: No CRT (tube-style) TVs or monitors, no VHS tapes or audio cassettes, no business-generated waste
Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00 am-4:00 pm, 24 hour drop-off

Location: Habitat For Humanity ReStore, 1402 W Washington, Bloomington, 309-454-6047
Items Accepted: Computers, laptops, printers, fax, scanners, copiers, peripherals, phone systems, all types of radios, VCRs, Microwaves, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, cash registers, cameras, blenders, and other small appliances. Damaged or non-working items accepted. All forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, and virtually all other type of computer tapes. All forms of printer cartridges including both inkjet and toner. All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories. All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand- held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices.
Items Not Accepted: No CRT (tube-style) TVs or monitors, no VHS tapes or audio cassettes, no business generated waste
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Location: Normal Public Works Garage, 1301 Warriner St., Normal, 309-454-9571
Items Accepted: Computers, laptops,televisions, monitors, printers, fax, scanners, copiers, peripherals, phone systems, all types of radios, VCRs, microwaves, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, cash registers, cameras, blenders, and other small appliances. Damaged or non-working items accepted.
All forms of electronic media: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, and virtually all other type of computer tapes. All forms of printer cartridges including both inkjet and toner. All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories. All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand- held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices.
Items Not Accepted: No VHS tapes or audio cassettes, no business generated waste
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 am-2:30 pm; the first Saturday of every month 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Summer hours 6:00 am-1:30 pm (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

For more information on recycling, hazardous waste disposal, and more, you can always consult other sections of this or call us at 309-454-3169.

Sugar Creek Stewards Workday

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Come join us for our September workday along Sugar Creek! We have had a great group coming out throughout the summer to work on Sugar Creek in Bloomington and in Normal, near Anderson, Fairview and Tipton Parks, and have been clearing Canada thistle, garlic mustard, burdock and hemlock! In September, we’ll be back along Sugar Creek in the City of Bloomington!

The next workday will be Saturday, September 24, from 9 am to 12 pm – NOTE THE CHANGE TO THE 4TH SATURDAY to accommodate the Tour de Taco. Volunteers must be 18 years old or older (or 14 and accompanied by a parent or guardian) and be able to hike along uneven terrain and safely use basic hand tools such as loppers and bow saws. Please wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and bring your own work gloves and bottle of water (reusable bottle, of course). We will work on the 3rd Saturday of the month throughout the year – invasives never sleep, so neither can we!

The Sugar Creek Stewards is a Clean Water Program of the Ecology Action Center, and is supported by the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal. For more information, contact Marcus Ricci at 309-454-3169, ext. 15, or at mricci@ecologyactioncenter.org.

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Details on worksite  and  meeting location will be provided to registered volunteers prior to the workday. To become a regular EAC volunteer and be automatically contacted for future Sugar Creek Steward workdays, register at EAC-Volunteer.

 

 

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Composting Workshop

The Ecology Action Center is excited to announce a build-your-own-composter workshop on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.  Backyard composting is the easiest way to reduce garbage from home and create rich soil nutrients to feed the garden at the same time.  By taking advantage of natural processes, the amount of residential waste being landfilled can be reduced while also producing a valuable organic fertilizer.

Turn pallets into a compost bin!

Turn pallets into a compost bin with removable front for easy compost access!

The composter workshop will include everything needed to successfully begin home composting.  Various types of compost systems and techniques will be discussed in addition to troubleshooting tips to avoid potential problems.  Participants will make and take home a composter ready for use as well as receive a kitchen compost pail.

Option 1: Wooden Pallet Composter

This collapsible composter will measure approximately 3x3x3 when set up.  It is open on the top, and easy to stir.

Price:  $10 for EAC members; $15 for nonmembers.

Convert a garbage can into a compost barrel!

Convert a garbage can into a compost barrel!

Option 2: Plastic Garbage Cans

This model takes up little room and is easy to duplicate when you need more capacity.  Cans are approximately 30 gallons in size, and participants build TWO composting cans.

Price: $15 for EAC members; $20 for nonmembers.

Workshop space is limited and pre-registration is required. This workshop runs rain or shine. The construction process can get a bit messy so wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring an appropriate vehicle to transport your compost bin home. We will be using power tools; safety glasses are required and will be provided. For safety reasons, all participants must be 18 years or older.

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Rain Barrel Workshop

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The Ecology Action Center is excited to announce our hands-on workshop on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., where YOU build your own water saving rainwater collection and storage container.  You have your choice of a 55-gallon rain barrel or 275-gallon Mega Rain Harvester.  Workshop prices are $45 ($35 EAC member price) for the rain barrel or $105 ($90 EAC member) for the Mega Rain Harvester.

The workshop includes:

  • A reused, 55-gallon, food-grade, heavy-gauge plastic barrel or 275-gallon tote (non-food-grade, MSDS datasheet provided)
  • A flexible plastic elbow to direct rain water from your downspout to your rain barrel. Fits 3″ downspouts.
  • A 6″ heavy duty screen to prevent entry of mosquitoes and leaves
  • High-quality fittings for long life
  • Overflow hose and fittings with mosquito barrier
  • Instruction and use of all tools needed for the project
    Mega Rain Harvester

    275-gallon Mega Harvester!

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    55-gallon, food-grade barrel

  • Workshop excludes installation materials for your specific home which may include concrete blocks, hacksaw, screwdriver, sheet metal screws, etc.

The fine print: This workshop runs rain or shine. The construction process can get a bit messy so wear clothes that can get dirty. The barrels measure 25″ x 35″ and weigh 25 pounds; the Mega Rain Harvesters measure about 4′ x 4′ x 4′ and weigh 50 pounds. Bring an appropriate vehicle to transport your barrel home. There is a limit of one rain barrel/harvester per household per workshop. We will be using power tools: safety glasses are required and will be provided. For safety reasons, all participants must be 18 years or older.

                                       

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Composting Workshop

The Ecology Action Center is excited to announce a build-your-own-composter workshop on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.  Backyard composting is the easiest way to reduce garbage from home and create rich soil nutrients to feed the garden at the same time.  By taking advantage of natural processes, the amount of residential waste being landfilled can be reduced while also producing a valuable organic fertilizer.

Turn pallets into a compost bin!

Turn pallets into a compost bin with removable front for easy compost access!

The composter workshop will include everything needed to successfully begin home composting.  Various types of compost systems and techniques will be discussed in addition to troubleshooting tips to avoid potential problems.  Participants will make and take home a composter ready for use as well as receive a kitchen compost pail.

Option 1: Wooden Pallet Composter

This collapsible composter will measure approximately 3x3x3 when set up.  It is open on the top, and easy to stir.

Price:  $10 for EAC members; $15 for nonmembers.

Convert a garbage can into a compost barrel!

Convert a garbage can into a compost barrel!

Option 2: Plastic Garbage Cans

This model takes up little room and is easy to duplicate when you need more capacity.  Cans are approximately 30 gallons in size, and participants build TWO composting cans.

Price: $15 for EAC members; $20 for nonmembers.

Workshop space is limited and pre-registration is required. This workshop runs rain or shine. The construction process can get a bit messy so wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring an appropriate vehicle to transport your compost bin home. We will be using power tools; safety glasses are required and will be provided. For safety reasons, all participants must be 18 years or older.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP HAS CLOSED. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE SEPTEMBER 24 BUILD-IT-YOURSELF COMPOSTER WORKSHOP.

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Sugar Creek Stewards Workday

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Come join us for our August workday along Sugar Creek! We have had a great group coming out throughout the summer to work on Sugar Creek in Bloomington and in Normal, near Anderson and Tipton Parks, and have been clearing Canada thistle, garlic mustard, burdock and hemlock! In August, we’ll be back along Sugar Creek in the Town of Normal!

The next workday will be Saturday, August 20, from 9 am to 12 pm. Volunteers must be 18 years old or older (or 14 and accompanied by a parent or guardian) and be able to hike along uneven terrain and safely use basic hand tools such as loppers and bow saws. Please wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and bring your own work gloves and bottle of water (reusable bottle, of course). We will work on the 3rd Saturday of the month throughout the year – invasives never sleep, so neither can we!

The Sugar Creek Stewards is a Clean Water Program of the Ecology Action Center, and is supported by the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal. For more information, contact Marcus Ricci at 309-454-3169, ext. 15, or at mricci@ecologyactioncenter.org.

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Details on worksite  and  meeting location will be provided to registered volunteers prior to the workday.To become a regular EAC volunteer and be automatically contacted for future Sugar Creek Steward workdays, register at EAC-Volunteer.

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR THE AUGUST WORKDAY. PLEASE REGISTER FOR OUR SEPTEMBER 24 WORKDAY!

 

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Regional Planning Commission Seeks YOUR input on Long-Range Transportation Plan

BN_Mobile_Blue_OL_MCRPC colors wTAGLINEOur partners at the McLean County Regional Planning Commission are in the process of updating their Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the Bloomington-Normal Urbanized Area and McLean County. As part of that effort, we’re helping them reach out to residents and stakeholders to solicit opinions and feedback about our current transportation system.  Fill out the short survey here!  Please let them know your ideas about how transportation should change over the next 20 years!

Rain Barrel Workshop

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The Ecology Action Center is excited to announce our hands-on workshop on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., where YOU build your own water saving rainwater collection and storage container.  You have your choice of a 55-gallon rain barrel or 275-gallon Mega Rain Harvester.  Workshop prices are $45 ($35 EAC member price) for the rain barrel or $105 ($90 EAC member) for the Mega Rain Harvester.

The workshop includes:

  • A reused, 55-gallon, food-grade, heavy-gauge plastic barrel or 275-gallon tote (non-food-grade, MSDS datasheet provided)
  • A flexible plastic elbow to direct rain water from your downspout to your rain barrel. Fits 3″ downspouts.
  • A 6″ heavy duty screen to prevent entry of mosquitoes and leaves
  • High-quality fittings for long life
  • Overflow hose and fittings with mosquito barrier
  • Instruction and use of all tools needed for the project
    Mega Rain Harvester

    275-gallon Mega Harvester!

    rain-barrel2

    55-gallon, food-grade barrel

  • Workshop excludes installation materials for your specific home which may include concrete blocks, hacksaw, screwdriver, sheet metal screws, etc.

The fine print: This workshop runs rain or shine. The construction process can get a bit messy so wear clothes that can get dirty. The barrels measure 25″ x 35″ and weigh 25 pounds; the Mega Rain Harvesters measure about 4′ x 4′ x 4′ and weigh 50 pounds. Bring an appropriate vehicle to transport your barrel home. There is a limit of one rain barrel/harvester per household per workshop. We will be using power tools: safety glasses are required and will be provided. For safety reasons, all participants must be 18 years or older.

                                       REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR THIS WORKSHOP.                                       PLEASE REGISTER FOR OUR SEPTEMBER 14 WORKSHOP!

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Sugar Creek Stewards Invites Volunteer Participation

For immediate release
August 9, 2016

Contact: Marcus Ricci
Phone: (309) 454-3169 x.15

scs logoThe Ecology Action Center is seeking community involvement in Sugar Creek Stewards, a new volunteer-based riparian stewardship program. Volunteers learn about rivers and floodplains, the importance of native grasses and flowers to wildlife and humans, and the differences between native, non-native, and naturalized plants while helping to remove invasive species and restore our stream buffers. These stream buffers improve local water quality by filtering pollutants from storm water runoff such as oil, fertilizers, and pesticides; they can also help reduce flooding and erosion by stabilizing stream banks.

The next workday is Saturday, August 20, 2016, from 9 am to 12 pm. The workdays occur regularly on the third Saturday of the month throughout the year. Individuals must be eighteen years old and older and can sign up to volunteer at ecologyactioncenter.org. Workday location and other details are provided upon registration. Volunteers are requested to bring their own workgloves and register online by August 18.

Water will be provided; participants should bring a reusable water bottle. The Sugar Creek Stewards is a program of the Ecology Action Center and is supported by the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal. For more information about volunteering, contact Marcus Ricci at mricci@ecologyactioncenter.org or at 309-454-3169, ext. 15.

The Ecology Action Center is a not-for-profit environmental agency with a mission to inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening and preserving a healthy environment. The EAC acts as a central resource for environmental education, information, outreach, and technical assistance in McLean County.